“When you’re hot, you’re hot.”

A little Jerry Reed might have been appropriate at the Mandan High School gym during halftime Thursday night, because Century was definitely hot.

The Patriots shot 69 percent in the first half and matched that after the break. When it was all over the Patriots had a 93-54 West Region boys basketball victory over Mandan.

Century missed just three shots in the first 10 minutes of the second half while opening its biggest lead of the night at 80-33.

All told, the Patriots connected on 38 of 55 shots for 69 percent. Century’s starters swished 22 of 33 attempts, for 66 percent.

On some nights, Mandan’s 45 percent would have kept it in the game. Not on Thursday when all the planets were in alignment for CHS.

Ramey Schatz, a 6-foot-1 senior forward, didn’t know if the Patriots were merely hot or if they executed well. He went for 50-50.

“Half was good execution. We were running our offense, we weren’t being selfish with the ball. The other half was the shots were just falling, too,” Schatz said. “... Our offense worked really well. We were getting a lot of open shots.”

Schatz was one of five Patriots in double figures with 14 points. Senior guard Robert Hutchins headed the parade with 17 points, followed by Schatz, Ben Holen and Dalton Feeney with 13 each and Jake Little with 12. None of the five missed more than two shots.

Hutchins added six assists. Tyler Rudolph, Century’s 6-6 senior all-stater, scored nine points and pulled down a game-high eight rebounds.

Thursday’s eye-popping performance gives the undefeated and top-ranked Patriots a ton of momentum going into Saturday’s home encounter with third-ranked St. Mary’s. Century defeated the Saints 62-60 in their first clash.

As strong as Century’s offensive showing was, Schatz pointed to the value of defense.

“Even though we did score a lot of points, defense is our No. 1 priority,” he said. “Offense can win you a couple of games, but when it comes to tournaments it’s defense that wins you games.”

The defense was there at Mandan. The Patriots led 84-41 when coach Darin Mattern emptied his bench with 5:23 to play.

Century had 10 steals en route to 24 takeaways. The Patriot man-to-man limited Mandan’s starting lineup to 36 percent shooting and 26 points.

Combine Mandan’s turnovers with Century’s 27-20 edge on the boards and the Patriots put up 13 more shots.

That difference wasn’t lost on Mandan coach Brandon Schafer.

“When we did the job defensively we couldn’t finish. We need to finish the possession with a rebound,” he said.

Jacob Hanson, a 6-5 senior post, was the only man in double figures for Mandan. He scored 11 points.

Schatz said it’s enjoyable to be on the floor when everything falls into place, but he emphasized the Patriots aren’t ready for prime time yet.

“It’s fun to see the lifting, the shooting and all the hours in the gym pay off,” he said. “But there will always be stuff we can work on.”

After two losses to Century by a total of 73 points, Schafer conceded he is impressed.

“They’re a really good team. ... They’re a very good offensive team,” he said. “... They really showed us what we need to work on defensively. They’re a team that really takes advantage of your weaknesses and that showed tonight.”

The setback left Mandan 2-12, 1-10 in the West Region. Mandan returns to its home floor tonight to meet Turtle Mountain. The Braves lost 50-36 at Belcourt three weeks ago.

CENTURY (93): Ben Holen 6-8 0-0 13, Ramey Schatz 4-5 6-6 14, Tyler Rudolph 3-7 3-4 9, Alex Quist 1-3 1-2 4, Robert Hutchins 8-10 0-1 17, Dalton Feeney 5-5 0-0 13, Riley Henderson 3-5 0-2 6, Jake Little 6-7 0-0 12, Logan Kress 0-0 0-0 0, Isaac Wallin 1-2 0-0 2, Andrew Steinwand 0-0 0-0 0, Michael Feeney 0-2 0-1 0, Chris Kraft 1-1 0-0 3. Totals: 38-55 10-16 93.

MANDAN (54): Dustin Hermanson 1-3 0-0 2, Nick Miller 3-7 4-4 10, Jacob Hanson 4-8 3-4 11, Trevor Muth 0-20-0 0, Adam Lech 1-5 0-0 3, Gage Wolt 1-2 2-2 4, Ross Effertz 3-5 0-0 8, Alex Weiand 0-0 0-0 0, Matt Ziemann 1-1 0-0 2, Jacob Marschner 0-0 2-4 2, Jeremy Friesz 1-3 0-0 3, Justin Fenster 1-4 0-0 3, Bryce Andresen 2-2 1-1 6, Preston Schmidt 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 19-42 12-15 54.

Halftime: Century 48, Mandan 22.

3-pointers: C 7-14 (D. Feeney 3, Hutchins 1, Quist 1, Holen 1, Kraft 1), M 6-9 (Effertz 2, Lech 1, Friesz 1, Fenster 1, Andresen 1). Rebounds: C 27 (Rudolph 8), M 20 (Hermanson 3, Marschner 3). Fouls: C 14, M 14. Fouled out: None. Assists: C 15 (Hutchins 6), M 9 (Hermanson 2, Wolt 2). Turnovers: C 11, M 24. Blocked shots: C 1, M 0. Steals: C 19 (Little 2, Quist 2, Schatz 2), M (Miller 3).

Records: Century 11-0 West Region, 14-0 overall; Mandan 1-10, 2-12.

Reach reporter Steve Thomas at  701-250-8244 or steve.thomas@bismarcktribune.com.